Meet The MBA Class Of 2020: Profiles In Courage

 

“A CAREER INCUBATOR”

That brings up the all-important, albeit awkward, question: Do you believe the MBA is going to be worth it? Laura Botelho de Carvalho, a Brazilian consultant who chose to earn her MBA at Canada’s McGill Desautels, doesn’t downplay the risk. Students are “pausing” their careers for up to two years, costing them six figures in opportunity costs while braking their career momentum. Such decisions require conviction as much as courage. That said, the arguments against, Botelho de Carvalho asserts, miss the point of taking advantage of what she calls a “career incubator.”

“You are constantly challenging yourself, testing your limits – often out of your comfort zone – getting the most up-to-date information, networking and learning from people who have (very) diverse and impressive backgrounds. All of this effort and energy will lead you to be the best version of yourself, and the payoff will come naturally as a consequence of such large investment. Having said that, an MBA seems the perfect way to fast-track your career and help point you towards success.”

London Business School’s Nikki Gupta

LBS’ Nikki Gupta took a proactive approach to answering the ROI question. She pored over Linkedin profiles and reached out her target audience – Chiefs of Product at VC funded startups – to “plead for a 15 minute Skype call. Sure enough, Gupta came away with two priceless takeaways on the degree’s long-term value. “It was pretty clear that decades on, those that had the MBA had really benefitted from it in terms of career progression and being able to tap into a powerful network of alums,” she notes. “I knew I did not need one to get my next job, but it became clear that 10 years down the line I would have more opportunities if I did have an MBA.”

IT’S THE EXPERIENCE THAT MATTERS

It wasn’t just pay and position that MBA alums touted, adds Cornell Johnson’s Carlos Acevedo. “Every MBA alum I spoke with before applying to business school told me not to worry about the program costs. They shared that all my calculations would leave out the most important asset of the process, which includes the experience and memories, which are priceless.”

Is an MBA worth it for the Class of 2020? While students are early in their studies, Harvard Business School’s Marrone, believes the decision comes down to answering two questions – and summoning the courage to take action if both are answered “Yes”.

“I used a few questions to help. Do you value the two years at a given school over two years at your company (or any other immediately attainable job)? Do you think you can markedly improve your trajectory through the opportunities offered at a given school? If yes to both, then it is now up to you to take advantage of the opportunities and make the MBA experience worth it.

“Healthy pressure,” he adds.

COMING THIS FALL: We will profile a dozen MBAs from 40 of the top MBA programs in the world.

Class of 2020 Full-Time MBAs

StudentSchoolHometownAlma MaterEmployer
Ever Isaac HernandezCarnegie Mellon (Tepper)Boston, MAUniversity of Massachusetts-AmherstChevron
Grace ZimmerlyUniversity of Chicago (Booth)Waterford, PAYale UniversityNew York / New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA)
Halle MorseColumbia Business SchoolShaker Heights, OHCincinnati Conservatory of MusicAmerican Repertory Theater
Thomas StelleCornell University (Johnson)Sag Harbor, NYTrinity CollegeB&B Hospitality Group
Irina TitkovaDartmouth College (Tuck)Mogilev, BelarusBrooklyn CollegeKPMG
Alexandra Herrera FloresDuke University (Fuqua)Lima, PeruUniversidad del PacificoLigas Femeninas Futbol 7
David R. HinshillwoodEmory University (Goizueta)Cherry Hill, NJHarvard UniversityPrepScholar, Inc.
Michael CoxGeorgetown University (McDonough)Brooklyn, NYSyracuse UniversityNew York City Mayor’s Office
Daphne PhamHarvard Business SchoolHanoi, VietnamMount Holyoke CollegeUber
Chen KossoverHEC ParisRishon LeZion, IsraelTel Aviv UniversityMeitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal
Ali AlmeinIESEShepparton, AustraliaUniversity of MelbourneWaterNSW
Jasson Muir ClarkeIndiana University (Kelley)San José, Costa RicaUniversity of Costa RicaWorld Animal Protection
Andrea (Andi) FrkovichLondon Business SchoolDana Point, CADuke UniversityU.S. Navy
Laura Botelho de CarvalhoMcGill (Desautels)Belo Horizonte, BrazilPUC Minas)P3N Projetos Ambientais
Georgia CassadyUniversity of Michigan (Ross)Enterprise, ALWake Forest UniversityFoundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
Jaime Zorrilla Sánchez de NeyraMIT (Sloan)Madrid, SpainUniversidad Autonoma de MadridHospital Universitario 12 de Octubre
Maya AndersonNorth Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)Decatur, GAHarvard UniversityHodges-Mace
Braden SchrockNorthwestern University (Kellogg)Farmington Hills, MIUniversity of MichiganU.S. Navy
Nica LangingerNew York University (Stern)Los Angeles, CAStanford UniversitySnapchat
Michael WallNotre Dame (Mendoza)Scituate, MAU.S. Military AcademyU.S. Army
Kory LiRice University (Jones)Buffalo Grove, ILWashington University (St. Louis)Anheuser-Busch Inbev
Anson E. FraserUniversity of Texas (McCombs)Summit, NJUniversity of Notre DameEnvestnet
Sophia DuncanUniversity of Toronto (Rotman)Newton, MAWesleyan UniversityMilton Community Youth Coalition
Katharine HawthorneU.C. Berkeley (Haas)San Mateo, CAStanford UniversityTiedemann Advisors
Amanda Sol PeraltaUCLA (Anderson)Brooklyn, NYDuke UniversityJopwell
Tina CookUSC (Marshall)Los Angeles, CANorthern Kentucky UniversityChrysalis
Curtis DukeVanderbilt University (Owen)Morristown, TNSewanee: The University of the SouthU.S. Army
Carissa SanchezUniversity of Virginia (Darden)Three Points, AZYale UniversityArconic
Alexis GoodrichUniversity of Washington (Foster)Mercer Island, WAUniversity of Southern CaliforniaCreative Market
Felicia Kola-AmoduWashington University (Olin)Ibadan, NigeriaBowen UniversityEnterprise Holdings
Julia StockWharton SchoolRio de Janeiro, BrazilUniversidade Federal do Rio de JaneiroMcKinsey & Company
Elizabeth DavidsonYale SOMRichmond, VACollege of William and MaryKiva

Meet the Class of 2020 Series

London Business School

University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School

Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management

University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business

MIT Sloan School of Management

Columbia Business School

UC-Berkeley Haas School of Business

Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business

Yale School of Mnnagement

University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business

Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business

Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

New York University’s Stern School of Business

University of Texas-Austin McCombs School of Business

Emory’s Goizueta School of Business

Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business

Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management

Washington University’s Olin Business School